Updated: 21-Mar-2001 NATO Press Releases


21 March 2001

Chairman's Statement

EAPC Ambassadorial Meeting
21 March 2001

During their regular meeting today, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Ambassadors discussed developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). They expressed their solidarity with and support for the democratically elected government of that country and condemned the violent actions by extremists. Ambassadors reaffirmed full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), and underscored their rejection of violence as a means to pursue political objectives.

Ambassadors welcomed efforts by the international community, including NATO, to increase support for the Government in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and supported efforts by KFOR to further enhance border security in the area. They also welcomed the appointment of Ambassador Eiff as NATO senior civilian representative to Skopje. They emphasized that political objectives can and should be pursued only through peaceful, democratic procedures, building on efforts already made there to create an open, inclusive, democratic society, fully respecting the rights of all persons belonging to national minorities. They also supported efforts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) to co-operate closely with NATO and the international community on the resolution of the conflict.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
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